John MacArthur has been the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church for forty-five years. His commitment to truth and expository preaching has always been in the context of-and out of love for-the local church. He put it this way:
I love the church. It's the center of my life and has been since childhood. My father was the pastor of a church when I was born, and I grew up in the church. It's the place where I was led to the knowledge of God, where I learned about the Person and work of Christ, and where I gained the knowledge of saving and sanctifying truth. It's where I learned how to pray, how to sing, how to worship, how to love, and how to serve. And it was in the church that I experienced the leading of the Spirit of God directing me to a life of ministry.
I met my wife in the church. We raised our children in the church, and now our grandchildren, too. It's where I've made lifelong friends and partners in ministry. The church touches every part of my life-in fact, you could say it is my life.
Whether or not you've grown up in the church, if you're a Christian, the local church should play a central role in your life as well. To help you see why, later this month the "Grace to You" broadcast will feature John's series The Anatomy of a Church. And to help you dive deeper into why the church is so important, and what your role in it should be, here are more resources:
Built to the Master's Plan (article)
Making the Most of Your Church, Parts 1 and 2 (Q&A)
Personal Commitment to the Church, Parts 1 and 2 (sermons)
Why You Should Join the Church (sermon)
Marks of a Healthy Church (audio series)
The Master's Plan for the Church (book)